Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

Historic Germany win leaves South Korea coach feeling 'empty'

Historic Germany win leaves South Korea coach feeling 'empty'

Germany went into the game knowing that a win by two clear goals would have seen them into the last 16.

Kim was not so profligate when he fired home from close range - although he was initially given offside before a VAR review sparked renewed celebrations - and Son completed the job.

Goretza nearly put Germany in front two minutes after the restart but was thwarted by a superb stop from Jo Hyeon-Woo - and then news filtered through of Ludwig Augustinsson's opener for Sweden. But the strategy did not bring much success in the first half.

Germany's Mario Gomez, center, and Germany's Mats Hummels, right, hold their heads after failing to score during the group F match between South Korea and Germany, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

Germany is out of the World Cup, the fourth defending champion in the last five tournaments to be eliminated during the group stages.

Sweden thrashed Mexico 3-0 in the other game but both teams ended up happy as they qualified for the last 16. They have far more quality than South Korea in their squad and should secure a comfortable victory in this one. But they paid the price when they couldn't beat South Korea, exiting the World Cup in the first round for the first time in 80 years.

"The situation is very hard to put into words", he told German broadcaster ZDF.

South Korean fans called for some players to be made exempt from military service. Kim Seung-gyu had played at the 2014 World Cup and had 32 caps, followed by Kim Jin-hyeon, who starred in South Korea's run to the 2015 Asian Cup final, with 14.

The person filming the video, Patrick Infurna, says "Only the World Cup could do this".

"Maybe we need one more match and he will be in his full form physically and technically, because he is outside the normal standards". After South Korea's two losses to Mexico and Sweden, fans back home unleashed a wave of vitriol on the entire team.

Joachim Low's side required a win in their final game to stand a chance of reaching the last 16 but injury-time goals from Kim Young-Gwon and Son Heung-Min sealed the win for South Korea.

Germany are the first of the favourites to be knocked out, after Spain, Portugal and Argentina all scraped through the group stage. "We were eliminated not because we didn't want to win but we never had the chance to take a lead at any point - we were always lagging behind, trying to keep up". From a high of a 66% audience share during the 2002 World Cup and 60% four years later, the average for the opening two games was 37%. Time was running out when Matt Hummels headed over when free in the area and again and again Korea fund itself in good counter positions but just could not create that chance.

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